Haewa, road warriors and psychedelic-punk-jam-rock power trio, will be once again taking the stage tonight at Temple Bar & Grill in Rochester, New York. With two Wednesdays in the bag and two more two go, these guys have made one thing clear: they are not your average jam band and this is not your average residency. Playing to a full room and bar for the past two weeks, Haewa leaves little to be desired, throwing down a mix of older songs (previously seen on their inaugural album, Deadwet Soundwaves), tasteful covers and ripping new tunes that are bursting at the seems. The crowd doesn’t take their responsibility lightly, either – there is very little sitting down at a Haewa show – instead, people come to get down like it’s a Friday night in the middle of summer.
The term ‘residency’ can lend itself to the idea of sitting back, taking it easy, or playing background music. This is not the case for Haewa, who has played nonstop three-and-a-half hour sets for their last few weeks at Temple. This should come as no surprise for this group of workhorses, who hits the road every weekend to cover the North East – frequenting expectant crowds in areas like Plattsburgh, Westfield and Buffalo. Following this month’s residency at Temple comes a steady schedule of shows on the road into uncharted terrain, and home shows with other regional favorites. Then, it’s on to festival season.
Tonight’s show at Temple starts at 10PM with music lasting until 2AM – and then one last time next week – same time, sample place.